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The Pope has advised priests to be more understanding in areas such as divorce (CNS)

In a meeting with 28 Jesuit priests, the Pope encouraged clergy to practice ‘spiritual discernment’ when advising those seeking help

Pope Francis waves to young Catholics during World Youth Day (AP)

The Pope says he was encouraged by Polish Catholics’ ‘strong faith’ and ‘unwavering hope’

People gather in front of Milan's Duomo cathedral during a gay rights demonstration prior to a vote to change laws on same-sex unions (AP)

Leader of Muslim group says there is ‘no reason’ for polygamy not to be permitted now that same-sex unions have been legalised

A woman uses a tree branch to fight a fire on a road leading a village in northern Portugal, on  August 11 (AP)

The Pope is praying for ‘courage’ for those affected by wildfires in Portugal and Spain

Pope Francis at the Franciscan Sanctuary of Greccio on his previous surprise visit to the region (AP)

Pope Francis surprised nuns with the spontaneous visit to two convents north of Rome

The new centre will be at the end of Camino de Santiago (The Way of St James)  (AP)

One of the world’s most popular pilgrimage sites is planning a new centre for Anglicans

Cologne Cathedral is one of many churches which double as "pokestops" (CNS)

The latest gaming craze is proving an annoyance at the German Cathedral

Police officers prevent access to the church where a hostage taking took place yesterday (AP)

Hostages say they were held at gunpoint and made to film the body Fr Jacques Hamel

'Mr Erdogan is frequently described as paranoid, but given the history of Turkey, this is not altogether surprising' (Kayhan Ozer/Press Presidency Press Service via AP, Pool)

Turkey represents the other: it shows what a Europe without Christianity might have looked like

Pope Francis delivers a speech flanked by Albania's President Bujar Nishani in Tirana in 2014 (AP)

November 5 will mark the beatification of 38 Catholic martyrs persecuted under the Albanian communist regime in the latter part of the 20th century